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hope hutira green ms ncc program manager the jesse klump memorial fund inc

Youth Suicide Awareness & Prevention

Hope Hutira-Green, MS, NCC

Program Manager

The Jesse Klump Memorial Fund, Inc.


Jesse Klump Memorial Fund, Inc


  • Scholarship Fund
  • Suicide Grievers’ Support Group
  • Awareness Program
    • Teach warning signs
    • Describe effective response

Jesse Klump



Prevention may be a matter of a caring person with the right knowledge being available in the right place at the right time.

workshop goals
Workshop Goals
  • Recognize prevalence of youth suicide
  • Identify warning signs of suicide
  • Provide an effective response to youth at risk of suicide
why talk about suicide
Why talk about suicide?

Tragic reality in

the lives of our youth!

SUICIDE: A permanent solution to a temporary problem!

youth statistics suicide
Youth Statistics & Suicide
  • 3rdleading cause of death among 15-24 year olds1
  • 1st Leading cause of death among LGBTQ youth
  • 5thleading cause of death among 5-14 year olds1
  • For every completion there are 50-200 attempts1
  • Approximately 2 million adolescents attempt suicide per year1
  • Every day approximately 11 youth suicides occur
bringing it home
Bringing it home…
  • Worcester County
    • 1st in state for suicide rate1
    • 47.5 % higher than state average1
    • 1 of top 5 counties for teen suicide1
today s youth
Today’s Youth

In the last year (2009) MD 9-12 graders reported:

  • 10.4% made a suicide attempt
    • 210 students in Worcester Co. HS
  • 14% seriously considered suicide
    • 294 students in Worcester Co. HS
  • 11% made a suicide plan
    • 231 students in Worcester Co. HS
  • 2 out of 3 students who attempt suicide return to school the following day
  • Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System March 1, 2011. http://apps.nccd.cdc.gov/YouthOnline/App/Results.aspx?LID=MD

“I’m a daughter hiding my depression. I’m a sister making a good impression. I’m the girl sitting next to you. I’m the one asking you to care. I’m your best friend hoping you’ll be there.”

young life stress
Young Life = stress
  • Family Pressure
    • Divorce/ New marriage
    • Single parent
    • Death
    • Abuse/Neglect
  • School Related Issues
    • Grades
    • Fitting in
    • Bullying
young life cont
Young Life Cont.
  • Peers
    • Social media
    • Drugs/Alcohol
    • Break-up
  • Discrimination
    • Being excluded
    • Being made fun of
    • Sexual orientation

“I’m sick of crying, tired of trying, yeah I’m smiling, but inside I’m dying”

beliefs about suicide
Beliefs about Suicide…
  • Talking to someone about suicide will put the idea into his/her head.
  • Suicide is generally preventable.
  • Suicide happens without warning.
  • Most people who attempt suicide have gotten it out of their systems and won’t try it again.
  • People who talk about suicide won’t do it; it is the people who don’t talk about it we need to be concerned about.
suicidal behavior
Suicidal Behavior
  • An attempt to solve a problem of intense pain with impaired skills
the brain pet scan of the brain for depression
The Brain…PET scan of the brain for depression


risk factors
Risk Factors
  • Clinical depression
  • Access to lethal methods, guns
  • Past suicide attempt
  • Plan to attempt suicide
  • Family history of suicide
  • Impulsive/aggressive tendencies
  • History of abuse
  • Stressful life event(s)
  • Perfectionist


means matter harvard school of public health
Means Matter Harvard School of Public Health
  • 85% of firearm suicide attempts are fatal
  • 82% of firearm youth suicides (17 & under) used a family member’s gun, usually a parent’s

“How much time passed between the time you decided to complete suicide and when you actually attempted suicide?” (Simon 2001)

  • 24% said less than five minutes
  • Another 47% said an hour or less
  • 33% of youth who died by suicide had faced a crisis in the previous 24 hours


warning signs
Warning Signs



Giving away possessions


Aggressive Behavior

Sudden mood change

Alcohol/drug use

Disturbed sleep/appetite



“I just can’t take it anymore”

“I wish I were dead”

“No one cares”

“Everyone will be better off without me”

“All of my problems will end soon”

“No one can do anything to help me now”

“I won’t be needing these things anymore”

“ I won’t be a problem for you much longer”











warning signs of suicide
Warning Signs of Suicide











Ideation – Threatened or communicated

Substance use or abuse – Excessive or increased

Purposelessness – No reasons for living

Anxiety – Agitation/Insomnia

Trapped - Feeling like there is no way out

Hopelessness - There is nothing to live

Withdrawal – From family, friend, school, activities, etc.

Anger (uncontrolled) – Rage, seeking revenge

Recklessness – Risky acts, unthinking

Mood changes – Baseline


what do i do
What do I do?


  • A – Ask
  • S – Stay with the person
  • K – Konnect
  • Be direct
  • Suicide
    • “Are you feeling so badly that you\'re considering suicide?"
    • "That sounds like an awful lot for one person to take; has it made you think about killing yourself to escape?“
  • Plan
    • “Do you have a plan?”
  • Access
    • “Do you have access to the means?”
  • Show you care
  • Reflect what you hear
  • Know your limits
  • Know your resources

*Do not worry about doing or saying

exactly the "right" thing. Convey care!

listening to a youth
Listening to a youth
  • Acknowledge feelings
  • Clarify what you hear
  • Summarize
  • Validate
  • Parent
  • Mental Health Professional
  • Family Doctor
  • 1-800-273-TALK
  • 911
      • “We need some extra help”
      • “I want to make sure you are okay”
do s don ts
Do’s & Don’ts
  • DO
    • Listen, Listen, Listen
    • Avoid accusing/judging
    • Know your limits
    • Remove access to means
      • Guns, firearms
      • Ropes, belts, hoses, knotted cords, shoe laces
      • Knives, medicine
    • Connect with professional help
    • Always take suicide SERIOUSLY!
  • DON’T
    • Promise to keep the secret
    • Tell a person not to feel that way
    • Punish a person for telling you
    • Express tough love
    • Say high school is best time of life
    • Won’t care about this is 20 years
    • Leave the person alone
scenarios choose one
ScenariosChoose One
  • 12 year old - older sibling was abused by step father in their house; feels guilty because didn’t stop or know what was happening; step father in jail; mom upset because step dad going to jail and fear of supporting family alone; daughter does not want to add to her mother’s worries
  • 10th grader – A student; started handing in assignments late (atypical); dated sporadically on and off (currently not dating anyone); two older siblings in college – one full scholarship for engineering at PSU and other working on law degree; feels like a disappointment to father (who was a great athlete)
protective factors
Protective Factors
  • Sense of Connection!
    • Caring relationship with trusted adult
  • Positive self-esteem
  • Good coping skills
  • Access to care
  • Cultural/religious beliefs
to do
To Do
  • Be aware of warning signs
  • Connect with youth/offer ongoing support
  • Complete ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Strategies Training) June, 2 day workshop in Snow Hill
  • Ask us to speak to your church group, your school, community association, fraternal organization, any place where people gather who may one day have to save a life.
  • May 29th: “Why s my Child so Moody?” A talk about teen depression and youth suicide prevention. Ocean Pines library, 6:30 p.m. sponsored by the Jesse Klump Memorial Fund and Atlantic General Hospital
  • Jesse’s Paddle – July, 20, 2013 – Snow Hill
  • Out of Darkness Community Walk for Suicide Prevention– September 28th– OC Board Walk
  • 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
    • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
  • 1-800-422-0009
    • MD Youth Suicide Line
  • 410-749-4357
    • Life Crisis
  • 410-629-0164
    • Berlin Health Department
  • 410-632-1100
    • Worcester Co. Health Department
  • 410-641-4598
    • Worcester Youth & Family Counseling Center
  • 911
additional resources
Additional Resources
  • www.maine.gov/suicide/youthMaine Teen Suicide PreventionResources and information for teens
  • www.suicidology.orgAmerican Association of SuicidologyData, resources, links
  • www.maine.gov/suicideMaine Youth Suicide Prevention ProgramExtensive resources and information on youth suicide
  • www.sptsnj.orgSociety for the Prevention of Teen SuicideFocuses on resources for the competent school community
  • www.sprc.orgSuicide Prevention Resource CenterNational resource
  • www.afsp.orgAmerican Foundation for Suicide PreventionPrinted materials & resources
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. (2010).
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness. http://www.nami.org/Template.cfm?Section=By_Illness&Template=/TaggedPage/TaggedPageDisplay.cfm&TPLID=54&ContentID=23041
  • http://www.suicidology.org/c/document_library/get_file?folderId=228&name=DLFE-392.pdf
  • Mortality figures appearing here are derived or calculated from data in the following official data source: obtained 12 September from CDC’s WISQARS website: http://www.cdc.gov/injury/wisqars/index.html.
  • http://www.afsp.org/
  • http://www.suicidology.org/home
  • http://www.suicidology.org/stats-and-tools/suicide-warning-signs

* Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore



your role as parents talk about suicide
Your Role as ParentsTalk about suicide

1. Pick a good time

2. Be conversational

3. Be honest

4. Be direct

5. Listen to what your child has to say

6. If you get worried, ask more questions

7. Revisit the conversation